Enough Already: Kennedy Was No Hero

By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 11:56 AM CDT
In this June 11, 2002 picture, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass. speaks in a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss hate crime legislation.   (AP Photo/Doug Mills, File)
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(Newser) – You wouldn’t know it from the tearful plaudits in the "echo chamber of the mainstream media," but Ted Kennedy was no hero, Howie Carr writes for the Boston Herald. Kennedy was actually a ruthless partisan—he accused Supreme Court nominee Robert Bork of wanting "segregated lunch counters”—and lived a sheltered life disconnected from the working class he supposedly championed.

“We all agree that Ted Kennedy should rest in peace,” Carr writes. “But let’s not forget that there was more, much more, to his ‘legacy.’” His wrist-slap after Chappaquiddick didn’t stop Kennedy from hypocritically denouncing President Ford's pardon of Richard Nixon. And the hypocrisy continued right up until his death: he backed a law that would see his Senate seat filled by a Democrat, one he had condemned when it might have been filled by a Republican.